Books: HitParade: 1895-1945

FIFTY YEARS OF BESTSELLERS, 1895-1945_///ce Payne Hacketf—R. R. Bowker ($3).

Turkish corners were the rage; puff-sleeved, pompadoured pinups from the pen of Charles Dana Gibson blossomed on college study walls; bicycling scorchers menaced pedestrians; and rural free delivery was about to be established by law. The year was 1895. The same year, the late, great, tragic scholar and editor Harry Thurston Peck (Twenty Years of the Republic) began publishing in the Bookman the first U.S. best-seller lists, compiled on the basis of sales in the nation's 30 or 40 leading bookstores.

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